Understanding an Intervertebral Disc Injury: Causes, Symptoms, and General Advice

July 3, 2023
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As trusted chiropractors, Dr. Mark Beovich and Dr. Alex O’Shaughnessy, we are dedicated to providing valuable information to help you better understand various aspects of chiropractic care. Let’s delve into what is a disc injury is, shedding light on their causes, symptoms, and offering general advice for managing them. However, it’s important to note that the information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. If you require personalised guidance or treatment, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us here.

What is a intervertebral disc injury?

Intervertebral discs are soft, gel-like cushions located between the vertebrae of the spine. These discs play a crucial role in absorbing shock and providing flexibility to the spine. However, due to various factors, they can sustain injuries, resulting in discomfort and pain. Common causes of intervertebral disc injuries include:

  1. Age-related degeneration
  2. Repetitive strain or overuse
  3. Trauma or injury
  4. Poor posture and ergonomics
  5. Excess body weight and sedentary lifestyle

Recognising the symptoms:

Symptoms of intervertebral disc injuries can vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. It’s important to be aware of the following indicators that might suggest a disc-related issue:

  1. Persistent back or neck pain
  2. Radiating pain into the arms or legs
  3. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the extremities
  4. Limited range of motion
  5. Muscle spasms or stiffness

Managing an intervertebral disc injury

Whilst specific treatment plans should be tailored for individuals, here is some general tips that may help:

  1. Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or inactivity.
  2. Seek professional help: It is advisable to consult with a qualified chiropractor or healthcare professional.
  3. Practice good posture: Maintain proper alignment while sitting, standing, and lifting to reduce strain on the spine.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can contribute to additional strain on the discs.
  5. Use ergonomic equipment at work:
  6. Avoid heavy lifting: If lifting objects, remember to use proper lifting techniques and seek assistance when needed.

We hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights into intervertebral disc injuries. Remember, while the advice given here is general in nature, it is always best to consult with a professional for personalised diagnosis, treatment, and advice. If you have any concerns or require specific guidance related to your condition, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us at Bayswater Chiropractic. Take care of your spine and stay tuned for more informative posts in the future! Want to know how to decrease your risk of a back injury at Christmas time? Click here to find out!!

[Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. The authors and Bayswater Chiropractic are not liable for any actions taken based on the information provided. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalised diagnosis and treatment.


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